Trust in God's Leading
Psalms 23:1-6
The Perfect Shepherd
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Published September 10th, 2020; Updated September 15th, 2020
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I shall not lack in anything whether in good times or bad times.
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Psalms 23:1-6
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The Lord is my shepherd,
The Lord is my a shepherd,
Since the LORD is the one who leads me and guide me
The Lord is my d shepherd; I shall not e want.
I lack nothing.
I 1 shall b not want.
Therefore I shall not lack.
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He takes me to lush pastures,
He makes me lie down in a green pastures;
It is because He leads me where the pastures are rich
He makes me lie down in green f pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 1
he leads me to refreshing water.
He b leads me beside 1 c quiet waters.
And he leads me beside still waters.
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He restores my strength.
He a restores my soul;
And He restores my soul
He g restores my soul. He h leads me in i paths of righteousness 1 for his j name’s sake.
He leads me down the right paths
He b guides me in the 1 c paths of righteousness
And He leads in the right path
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for the sake of his reputation.
For His name’s sake.
So that His name will be glorified.
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Even when I must walk through the darkest valley,
Even though I a walk through the 1 valley of the shadow of death,
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, or through the deep darkness,
Even though I k walk through the valley of l the shadow of death, 1 I will m fear no evil, for n you are with me; your o rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I fear no danger,
I b fear no 2 evil,
Yet I will not fear.
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for you are with me;
for c You are with me;
Because I know that the LORD is with me.
your rod and your staff reassure me. 1
Your d rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
Through the comforting of your rod and staff.
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You prepare a feast before me 2
You a prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
And you prepare a feast before me
You p prepare a table before me in q the presence of my enemies; you r anoint my head with oil; my s cup overflows.
in plain sight of my enemies.
Even though I'm in the presence of my enemies.
You refresh 3 my head with oil;
You 1 have b anointed my head with oil;
Moreover , the LORD blessed me and gave me favor
my cup is completely full. 4
My c cup overflows.
That my cup is completely full.
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Surely your goodness and faithfulness 5 will pursue 6 me all my days, 7
1 Surely a goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
Indeed your goodness and faithfulness will follow me as long as I live.
Surely 1 goodness and mercy 2 shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall t dwell 3 in the house of the Lord u forever. 4
and I will live in 8 the Lord ’s house 9 for the rest of my life. 10
And I will 2 b dwell in the house of the Lord 3 forever.
And I will live in the LORD's house for the rest of my life.
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Reference verses: I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. -Ezekiel 34:14 ESV
Reference Verse: 19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:19 NASB
Reference Verse: 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? -Psalms 27:1 ESV
Since the rod and staff are the tools that shepherds use to to care for the flock and how he can assure the flock that he is with them, I can say that this rod and staff are like His words, the Scripture. Upon reading His words, we are being comforted, guided, reminded and taught by it.
Christ is enough.
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It shows the character of God. That He is faithful. Reference verse: And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. -Philippians 1:6 ESV
It is like saying that Since the LORD is the one leading you, therefore you will not lack anything because the LORD will give you whatever he thinks is good for you.
A path that is scary or hard to cross. Can refer to trials, suffering.
He leads me in the path where I should be so that His name will be glorified.
I shall not lack
I will not fear.
v. 2-3 suggest that the Shepherd leads them in a path that is abundant or we can say good and easy path. v. 4 suggest that the Shepherd leads them into a hard and not so easy path.
God blesses me that my cup end up completely full.
I will with my shepherd's house forever .
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The Lord leads me in two paths. Goo path Rich pasture- We can say that this is where a sheep can be full hence we can say that it's a parallel for restoring the soul in v. 3a. When you feed yourself with the word of God, it refreshes you. It restores your soul. Still waters- When we say still waters, we can think of it as calm. Hence we can say that this is a parallel of the right path in v.3b. Hard/Dark path Valley of the shadow of death- We can say that this is a path that is scary, hard to cross. The presence of my enemies- We can say that this is an uncomfortable, uneasy path. A person can never be comfortable nor feel safe when he's with an enemy. Here in this passage, we can say that the leading of the LORD is not always on the easy one. There will come a time that you have to go through a path that's uneasy to get to that paradise. But still we can say that the Shepherd always knew what's good for his sheep. It doesn't matter to the sheep wherever path it may take, whether they go through the easy or uneasy path because as long as they are with the Good Shepherd they know they are safe. They know that they not lack in anything. And because they experience how the shepherd took care of them whether they are in the easy or uneasy path, they knew it in their hearts that the goodness and faithfulness will follow them as long as they live.
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